Do you unknowingly contribute to office air pollution at your workplace? You might not think twice about spritzing on your favorite perfume before heading out the door in the morning or spraying Lysol in your cubicle during flu season, however; your habits are polluting the air in your office and may be offending your coworkers. Read on to learn how you can cut down on office air pollution in your workplace:
#1 Stop using chemical cleansers and disinfectants
Do you keep a roll of antibacterial wipes in your desk? Do you spray the air with disinfectants? While you may think that you are protecting yourself against all the germs floating around in your office, the truth is that you are increasing indoor air pollution levels. The harsh chemical cleansers found in most commonly used cleaning products and aerosol canisters not only give off offensive odors, they can trigger asthma and allergy symptoms and cause even more serious respiratory ailments. Avoid using any cleaning and disinfectant products containing chemical ingredients and opt for natural cleansers. A warm rag and some hot water can usually get the job done without polluting your office air.
#2 Skip the fragranced health and beauty products
Some people are highly allergic to the chemicals found in fragranced products. These products aren’t just limited to perfumes. Many of the products you use every day contain chemicals that could be adversely affecting your health. Avoid chemically scented products such as: body sprays, lotions, soaps, deodorants, detergents, hair products, sunscreens, hand sanitizers, and make-up. The chemical fragrances in these products can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms along with migraine headaches in your coworkers. Avoid using any scented products to promote healthier workplace air.
#3 Don’t leave food anywhere long enough to grow mold
Every office seems to have one person that leaves food in the shared refrigerator for weeks until the mold growth is so obvious that someone else is forced to throw it in the trash. The same is also true for offices with kitchen spaces where breads, cookies, and other non-refrigerated items can quickly mold. Many people are allergic to mold and mold spores can travel easily through office ventilation systems inducing allergy symptoms across the workplace. Be courteous to your fellow office workers and always dispose of food in a timely manner to avoid mold growth.